A special Hello to everyone who's helped me on my way in the past 2 years here.
@nicklouse gave the good suggestion to start a project thread on my car, so here we go.
This is Eleanor, an elegant name for an elegant, older lady. She's my 62 Morris Mini-Minor. I bought her in Chester, England in December, 2017. She lived her whole life in Northern Ireland, where the previous owner, a retired professor from Ulster, believes she was the property of the government (possibly a mail vehicle), then owned by 2 more people before coming to the mother of the man I bought her from. Their family called her Minnie after an actress on an old, British variety show, and the car lived on their farm amongst the chickens.
When I saw my car in person for the first time, I requested to be the passenger because driving on the opposite side of the road was a little too much for me. But the real reason? I hadn't learned how to drive stick yet.
By the time I picked her up at the nearby port the following February, I'd watched a few YouTube videos on driving stick. I practiced shifting while driving in circles for 2 or so minutes at the port, and that was that. We hit the road.
I hope you guys stick around to watch Eleanor become the restored, California cruiser that she was meant to be. I've got my next set of parts in the mail, so some updates and maybe a few build videos will come soon.
Ryan & Eleanor